Nelson Rockefeller, grandson of John D. Rockefeller, experienced his first electoral victory when he was elected governor of New York in 1958. Despite Rockefeller’s abundant use of his family’s fortune to dominate New York politics for the next fifteen years, he did not face significant questions about his practices until Gerald Ford nominated him to serve as vice president in 1974. This article examines Rockefeller’s use of money during an era of weak campaign-finance laws to explore the unique status of wealthy politicians in postwar New York and the role of money in American politics.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||30|
|Specialist publication||New York History|
|State||Published - Jun 2021|
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